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ISTJ Shadow: The Dark Side of ISTJ

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The shadow is a concept introduced by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung. The shadow represents the unconscious, repressed aspects of our psyche that are rejected by the conscious ego. For each MBTI type, the cognitive functions they consist of represent perspectives and preferences that are embraced by the conscious ego. These preferences and perspectives explain a lot of our personality behavior and tendencies.

The shadow encompasses perspectives that are not included in the cognitive stack of our MBTI type. Carl Jung’s conception of the shadow was mostly relegated to the inferior function which he believed served as the gateway to the shadow. jungian analyst, John Beebe later conceptualized the shadow in terms of archetypes associated with the cognitive functions not included in the main cognitive stack.

There are 8 cognitive functions but since only 4 of them are included in each MBTI type, Beebe reasoned that the remaining 4 must constitute a kind of shadow type. In the case of ISTJ, those functions would be Se, Ti, Fe, and Ni. Therefore, the shadow type of the ISTJ is ESTP. Here is a look at the ISTJ shadow functions and how they manifest.

ISTJ 5th Function: Se Opposing

ISTJ’s 1st shadow function and 5th function overall, is Extraverted Sensing. ISTJ’s shadow Se typically emerges in response to what they perceive as an attack on their dominant Si perspective. When a type feels their dominant function is being opposed or obstructed by a function in the opposite attitude, they can become stubborn about it. They subsequently may then use that opposing shadow function to defend the dominant while also projecting a negative shadow persona onto the opposing person.

For ISTJ, this may play out as a response to having their foundation of facts, details and points of reference being invalidated or challenged by current or newly emergent sensory data. ISTJs may resist anything that significantly interferes or disrupts their established routine and personal paradigm of how things are supposed to be and what works best for them. They are apt to dismiss many unexpected and sudden upheavals as transient fads and inferior or impractical versions of the original status quo. ISTJs may then use their shadow Se to further support and justify the integrity of their Si perspective. They may argue against the Se perspective as being risky, irresponsible and likely to fail.

ISTJ 6th Function: Ti Critical Parent.

ISTJ’s 2nd shadow function is Ti Critical Parent. The Critical Parent function is a negative, critical version of the auxiliary function. The auxiliary function represents a way in which we nurture both ourselves and others. The auxiliary informs and supports the dominant function and we cultivate a sense of authority around our use of it. The Critical Parent shadow function emerges as a disgruntled response to the authority of the auxiliary function being undermined or taken for granted.

In the case of the ISTJ, they become critical in response to having the authority of their Extraverted Thinking negated or taken for granted. External logic, the way they organize and operate systems and tasks is something they have worked to develop proficiency and capability with. ISTJs are keen on upholding external standards and methods that are effective and proven to work. When those methods and strategies are called into question or cast under a critical light, the ISTJ may become defensive and go on the attack via their shadow Ti perspective. Under such conditions, the ISTJ may proceed to criticize others for the reasoning they use. They may use subjective logic principles to refute and dismiss the logic of the other person.

ISTJ 7th Function: Fe Trickster.

The 3rd ISTJ shadow function and 7th function overall is Extraverted Feeling. The 7th function is known as the Trickster and it is the shadow of the tertiary function. The trickster function emerges in response to threats of punishment or dealing with someone who arouses a desire to get revenge or turn the tables and cause humiliation. The trickster function tries to “double bind” the other person in response to feeling double bound.

ISTJs have Extraverted Feeling as their trickster function. Therefore, in response to having their tertiary Fi perspective of what is good or bad, right or wrong, oppressed or ridiculed by a person, especially those with some type of authority over them, ISTJ may look for ways to turn the situation on its head. Fe trickster uses social rules and standards to expose the hypocrisy or foolishness of those who espouse them. They attempt to scare the other person with potential social rejection and condemnation due to “misbehavior” on their part.

ISTJ 8th Function: Ni Demon.

Finally, we have ISTJ’s last shadow function, Ni Demon. The Demon function is a last ditch attempt to defend the moral integrity of the ego as expressed through the dominant function. The Demon Function is also described as an “internal saboteur” or “bad object”. It is associated with paranoia and possibly misplaced notions of evil attributed to people perceived as a threat. Normally, ISTJs prefer to be practical and use common sense. Due to their inferior Ne, ISTJs are generally skeptical about creative alternatives and possibilities because much of it sounds suspicious, risky and “iffy” to them.

For ISTJ, Ni Demon represents an underlying curiosity about implicit meanings and potential consequences. Introverted Intuition in the Demon role however, leans toward interpretations of a negative and dire variety. Under stress induced by a breakdown or failure of their dominant Si perspective and an inability of their inferior Ne to compensate for it, ISTJs may turn to conspiracy-mongering and doom-and-gloom predictions. ISTJ’s Ni Demon leads them to uncharacteristically espouse claims that are unsubstantiated and wildly speculative. ISTJ may desperately leap to conclusions to fill in the blanks that their Introverted Sensing was unable to.

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    ISTJ Defined: What it Means to be the ISTJ Personality Type.

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    The ISTJ personality type has been dubbed as the “logistical Inspector” and “logistician”. Estimated at around 10% of the population, they are among the more common personality types in the MBTI —and thankfully so. People of this type are the salt of the earth. Duty-bound and earnest, these individuals are often found in the cornerstone positions of society.

    ISTJs are joined along with the ESTJ, ESFJ and ISFJ as part of the Guardian temperament group. The Guardian types are united by their SJ preference, which signifies the orderly, pragmatic and down-to-earth sensibilities they share. There are inherent differences between them however, and so now let’s look at who the ISTJ is and what it means to be one.

    ISTJ: A Pragmatic Introvert.

    ISTJs are first and foremost, introverts. They are quite independent and prefer to work in solitude when possible. Because noisy and crowded environments are overstimulating for them, they desire to operate in quieter settings with minimal distractions. ISTJs are able to manage their time well and feel happiest when their lives are running along a productive schedule. They take comfort in the regularity of a stable and sustainable routine.

    Furthermore, people of this type like to do things by the book. Although they can be creative in their own ways, ISTJs prefer to facilitate rather than innovate. They are more concerned with preserving the working order and structural integrity of systems and institutions. Rules are rules, and without them there would be more dysfunction in the world than there already is. ISTJs seek to keep their world organized and efficient.

    This is often evident through their personal appearance and how they manage their work space. They tend to prefer simplicity, and are very straightforward and procedural in how they conduct their business. ISTJs devote most of their time and energy on practical concerns and the fulfillment of their duties, responsibilities, and errands.

    ISTJ: It’s All About the Details.

    Driven, impatient and obsessive, the ISTJ exhibits a lot of type A behavior. Because of their attention to detail and their desire to uphold standards they are often characterized as an inspector. They have an eye for spotting mistakes, discrepancies and violations. These characteristics make them well-suited for positions in accounting, quality assurance and statistical analysis.

    Furthermore, the ISTJ man or woman is diligent and thorough when it comes to following procedure. They are not ones to cut corners or do their job halfway. Deadlines can be stressful, but ISTJs are often able and willing to do what’s necessary to meet them.

    People of this personality type are studious and tend to perform well academically. Logical and factually-oriented, ISTJs can often become savant-like in their storage of information. This personality type takes particular interest in history subjects, math, the sciences and fields of law. Regardless what field of study they choose, the ISTJ has the acumen and commitment necessary to reach prominent positions in society.

    Despite this, they tend to avoid calling attention to themselves and mostly go about their business in a modest and discreet manner. ISTJs often work behind the scenes away from the spotlight that extraverted types such as ESTJ often enjoy. Unfortunately, much of ISTJ’s hard work and contributions can go unnoticed and overlooked as a result.

    ISTJ: Conservators of History and Heritage.

    ISTJs respect and value the role of tradition and time-honored institutions in society. Although they are not very outgoing by nature, they see some value in many of the social rituals and ceremonies such as weddings, reunions, and office parties. Additionally, they take special interest in learning about the past and often rely on their knowledge of history to guide their decisions and make sense of the present.

    This, along with their affinity for empirical data and statistics all hint to ISTJ’s lean towards realism and pragmatism. At times, this can also translate as cynicism and closed-mindedness. ISTJs can sometimes get too attached to the past and certain ways of doing things while being overly skeptical and critical of new changes. This is in part due to their desire for security which also accounts for their overall cautious nature especially with regard to finances.

    Earnest and trustworthy, the ISTJ’s word is their bond. They make a point of following through on their commitments and honoring their contracts. This loyalty extends to their marriage and personal relationships. ISTJs typically don’t feel the need to frequently declare their love verbally.

    For them, talk is cheap and they would insist that their actions and deeds should be sufficient evidence of how much they care. Partners who desire more verbal affirmations of affection may have a problem with this. As parents, ISTJs are firm and consistent. They establish rules and seek to instill good work ethic and values in their progeny. Raising intuitive children who express a nonconformist attitude can, however, pose a challenge for the ISTJ parent.

    ISTJs have moral convictions that are strongly rooted in their desire for structure and order. Their thinking tends to fall along black and white lines of logic which can make them seem austere and obstinate. When it comes to complicated matters of right and wrong, ISTJs don’t always bother to really search their heart and determine what is truly humane and morally appropriate.

    ISTJs have tertiary Fi which often isn’t apparent until they get offended and take other people’s words and actions personally. It takes a conscious effort for ISTJs to reflect on their feelings and work on finding inner control and understanding. It is easier and more natural for them to derive a sense of control by putting their external world into order and even imposing their order on other people.

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    ISTJ Weaknesses – 7 Struggles of Being ISTJ

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    The ISTJ personality, along with the other 15 types in the MBTI, have their share of strengths and weaknesses. Here is a look at 7 of the weak points associated with the ISTJ personality type. Continue reading

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    35 Signs You are an ISTJ Personality

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    ISTJ are one of the 16 MBTI personality types. They are said to comprise as much as 10% of the population according to certain estimates. The ISTJ type has been dubbed the “logitistical inspector” by David Keirsey and belongs to the guardian temperament group along with ESTJ, ISFJ and ESFJ. ISTJs are noted for their commitment and sense of duty. They rely on practical thinking and maintain a grounded outlook that is realistic and reliable. Here is are 35 signs that you or someone you know might be an ISTJ. Continue reading

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    12 Shades of ISTJ: MBTI & the Zodiac

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    ISTJ & the Zodiac

    The ISTJ personality is referred to as the “logistical inspector” by David Keirsey in his book “Please Understand Me 2”. ISTJs are regarded for their assiduous nature and attention to detail. They are reserved and responsible individuals who can be counted on to get the job done in a timely and respectable manner. In astrology, the ISTJ type is most similar to the Capricorn, Scorpio or Virgo zodiac signs but obviously, ISTJs come in all zodiac flavors. Here is an assessment of how we’d expect the ISTJ personality type to vary under each astrology sign. Continue reading

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    6 High Paying Jobs For ISTJs

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    ISTJs are detail-oriented introverts who are dutiful and responsible in nature. In a national sample, ISTJs reported “clear structure”, “independence and achievement”, “loyalty & security”, and “variety of tasks” as being the most important features desired of their work environment. They are good at following the rules and doing things by the book. They can be trusted to meet standards and deadlines with conscientious diligence. Furthermore, ISTJ types often find themselves in positi0ns of management, administration, law enforcement and accounting. Here is a look at 6 of the best paying career options suitable for the ISTJ personality type.

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    ISTJ vs INTJ ~ How To Tell Them Apart

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    [dropcap]O[/dropcap]n the surface, the ISTJ and INTJ similarities can make them appear almost identical to one another. Generally speaking, ISTJ and INTJ both exude a flat affect with a lack of warmth and congeniality. They are both cerebral and phlegmatic in their temperament and may act a bit robot-like.  Maybe this is why ISTJ, ESTJ, ENTJ, and INTJ account for roughly 78 percent of middle grade to flag rank officers in the United States military. [source] 

    A study found that the two predominant types among male atheists were ISTJ (41.4%) and INTJ (14.4%), compared with 16.4% and 3.3% respectively in the wider population. [source] Upon first impression, ISTJs and INTJs may come across as self-absorbed, arrogant, anal-retentive, hypercritical, joyless misanthropes who’s only pleasure in life is popping other people’s idyllic balloons. Although ISTJ and INTJ may appear like twin types, they are quite different. Here is a look at the ISTJ vs INTJ differences and how to tell them apart.

    INTJ vs ISTJ Functions

    INTJ

    1. Introverted Intuition (Ni)
    2. Extraverted Thinking (Te)
    3. Introverted Feeling (Fi)
    4. Extraverted Sensing (Se)

    ISTJ

    1. Introverted Sensing (Si)
    2. Extraverted Thinking (Te)
    3. Introverted Feeling (Fi)
    4. Extraverted Intuition (Ne)


    Si-dom vs Ni-dom

    Ni and Si are essentially opposite functions. Where Ni is concerned with abstract potential, Si is attentive to concrete reality. Introverted intuition reflects on meaning and potential outcomes. It looks past the literal physical appearance of things and infers possible implications of what they represent. But unlike Ne (extroverted intuition) which entertains a multiplicity of impressions to explore, Ni seeks to hone in on a singular truth formulated using the evidence collected (in INTJ’s case) by Te.

    Introverted sensing looks to the past and focuses on proven facts and concrete details to inform the course of action they choose to take. They want to go about doing things “the right way”, following a structured approach that has been proven to work either in their direct experience or by trusted authorities and experts. Si respects rules and practical procedure that is effective and functional. Si is less open to risky ideas and in Si-dom types such as ISFJ and ISTJ, they only resort to this when nothing else is working for them.

    INTJs spend a lot of time pondering the meaning and significance behind occurrences and events they observe in the real world. They are pattern detectors and this ability allows them to foresee long term possibilities that the more present-focused ISTJ is unlikely to recognize. Ni is very abstract and operates primarily from the subconscious but INTJs actively engage it as they observe and contemplate.

    Their thinking faces can appear as a look of displeasure or mild contempt. The “death stare” is when INTJ happens to be looking at someone but is so lost in thought that they don’t realize that they’re staring, sometimes with what appears to be a vaguely menacing scowl. This is probably another example of Ni being being so caught up with abstract cogitations that they are sorely unaware of themselves and their physical environment.

    ISTJs are less likely to become so engrossed with their thoughts that they lose touch with their surroundings. ISTJs are very grounded and connected with reality and what goes on around them. They are attuned and responsive to the sights, sounds, tastes, smells and tactile sensations of world. ISTJs are likely to have a good memory especially of things with sensory significance attached to them. They rely on what they know and tend not to venture outside their comfort zones into unfamiliar territory.

    ISTJs unlike the INTJs are not inclined to dig into abstract implications or assessing things beyond what can readily be ascertained from the facts. ISTJs rely more on black and white thinking and have little regard for the shades of nuance and meaning that could exist interstitially. They want realistic, practical implementable solutions and do not want to get tied up with quixotic idealism that may threaten to upheave their procedures.. They are sometimes willing to entertain unconventional possibilities but they ultimately prefer what is tried and true.

    ISTJ and INTJ both go where the facts take them but it is probably safe to say that there is a spiritual component to the way in which INTJs evaluate and handle facts. INTJs seem to be motivated by transcendence through improvement and pushing the boundaries of what they can know and do. They are rarely satisfied or content with things as they are, and they possess a restlessness that compels them to make things better than they were. They seek to apply the insights that they gain as a means to innovate and make possible what once seemed impossible. ISTJ by contrast is less concerned with innovation and more concerned with doing things “properly” and “by the book”, provided that such procedure has been proven to work.

    Inferior Se vs Inferior Ne

    Another way of determining a person’s type is by identifying their inferior function. The inferior function can manifest subconsciously as a source of insecurity or anxiety. The individual may distance themselves from it and feel uncomfortable or annoyed by people who express it frequently.

    INTJs with their inferior Se for example, tend to put much thought into everything they do and may perceive impulsive and thrill seeking behavior as foolish and meaningless. A suspected INTJ could be outed by their lack of interest in physical thrills such as roller coasters, sports, fancy cuisine or even intimacy. Many INTJs may lament that their lives are boring and may secretly desire to be more carefree and engaging with the world.

    ISTJs with their inferior Ne are not likely to display much in the way of creative thinking. They are thinkers like the INTJ but they are not much interested in theorizing and conceptual ingenuity. They are more linear in the way they think and will find it difficult to “think outside the box” and consider multiple alternatives and meaningful associations.

    ISTJ vs INTJ Problem Solving

    In problem solving, ISTJ will want a clear idea of the problem (I) and attack it by looking for the facts (S) and by relying on a logical, impersonal (T), step-by-step approach in reaching conclusions. Because INTJs are more open to new ideas and risky experimentation, they are likely to be better problem solvers than ISTJs. ISTJs are more risk averse and inclined to stick to proven strategies and prescriptions for success.

    ISTJs are typically more conventional and less interested in trying unproven strategies or coming up with novel solutions for the sake of novelty. The tried and true is what they rely on primarily but they are just as systematic as the INTJ in how they execute and implement the methods they select. The advantage ISTJs hold resides in their thoroughness and attention to detail. They possess greater patience and diligence when performing more tedious tasks such as proofreading and combing documents for grammatical, factual and procedural errors. They are probably better suited than INTJs for careers as historians, editors, government inspectors, and computer programmers. 

    ISTJ in Conversation

    • ISTJs talk about descriptive details like what happened/is happening, how things look/looked/feel/felt, reactions to events, the need to act, how to prepare for doing something.
    • They are consistently present-oriented, focused on assessing or responding to what is happening in the here and now.
    • Respond quickly to how events change, showing cautious optimism or realistic expectations as they get feedback from their actions.
    • ISTJs are driven to stick with what they know and love and cherish, often relying on knowledge or methods that have already been proven reliable.
    • Tend to be steadfast, dutiful, observant, and capable, taking quiet pride in attending to details/discrepancies that others might ignore/overlook, though they can get easily flustered when too many unexpected things happen.
    • Generally admired for their responsible or dependable nature.
    • Reliably carries out their tasks and duties in a detailed and thorough manner, knowing the best methods for handling logistics and implementation.
    • At their worst, they are unable to sort information carefully and then give in to their most irrational thoughts and imaginings.
    • In moments of weakness, they become erratic or unruly. Their failures will involve: being too anxious or worried (catastrophizing), being overwhelmed by too much novelty or change, or micromanaging situations due to unwillingness to delegate.

    INTJ in Conversation

    • In conversation, INTJs tend to talk about speculations, possibilities, potential, improvements, implications, meanings, questions, the unusual, interesting connections of ideas.
    • Tend to be somewhat detached from the present insofar as being focused on interpreting future implications or how to make a change for the future.
    • Tend to have some degree of “blind faith” that makes them seem idealistic or aiming a bit too high, less willing to change course even when feedback suggests that they should.
    • INTJs are driven to reflect on meaning and implications, often looking towards the future and reflecting on how to carry out their personal vision.
    • They tend to be perceptive, insightful, intense, and focused, taking quiet pride when they successfully understand how events will evolve, though they can feel easily frustrated if they cannot see the point/purpose of doing something or when people do not heed their warnings.
    • Generally admired for their foresight or wisdom.
    • Has an ambitious and lofty vision for oneself or the world, very focused in pursuing an ideal.
    • At their worst, they are unable to properly visualize implications and then throw caution to the wind. In moments of weakness, they become reckless or extreme in behavior.
    • Their failures will involve: feeling incapable of carrying out their personal vision or realizing their personal potential, not knowing how to proceed because of not grasping the true meaning of events, or not having a meaningful purpose in life.

    INTJ

    Most Important Aspects

    • fidelity
    • mutual support
    • mutual commitment
    • intellectual stimulation
    • being listened to
    • shared values
    • having fun together

    Least Important Aspects

    • shared religious beliefs
    • security
    • financial security
    • similar parenting styles
    • spending time together
    • spiritual connection

    ISTJ

    Most Important Aspects

    • fidelity
    • mutual support
    • being listened to
    • mutual commitment
    • shared values
    • companionship
    • security

    Least Important Aspects

    • shared religious beliefs
    • spiritual connection
    • shared interests
    • similar parenting styles
    • sexual compatibility

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    33 Struggles of Being An Introvert

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    In recent times it’s become more fashionable to be an introvert. A spate of pro-introvert books including Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, probably had a large role in catalyzing this cultural shift in attitude.

    That still doesn’t change the fact that the world is dominated by and mostly catered towards extroversion. Introverts often face many challenges in trying to survive or thrive within the extrovert society and it can often be very taxing. Here are 33 challenges introverts wrestle with on a daily basis. The struggle is real. Continue reading

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    33 Things Only Thinkers Will Relate To

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    I Think Therefore I am… a “thinker”?

    [dropcap]E[/dropcap]very conscious man and woman thinks, but true thinkers are cerebral to a fault. Logic is favored over sentiment; rationality over feeling. For those uncertain over what side of the fence they fall on, here are 33 things only thinkers will relate to.

    1. You’ve gotten in trouble more often for accusing your parents of being senseless than for anything you’ve actually *done*.

    2. When someone is talking, you think of a clever response of what to say but by the time you say it, it comes out differently then what you expected.

    3. When you look forward to trips because you want to think during the long ride there. And you HAVE to pick the window seat.

    4. When you feel depressed for no reason and conclude that it’s because you didn’t have enough for breakfast.

    5. When people are always asking you why you’re never happy but in reality you’re perfectly content.

    6. When you wish that all people would give away a computer-like “error” message every time something is wrong with them because you’re just. so. bad. at reading their signals.

    7. You take pleasure in making lists and classifying things.


    8. When your first response to emotion is to sit down and think about what it means.

    9. When you hear a joke about someone doing something rather irrational, you want to know why the person did such thing before laughing at the joke. “Why did he do that? That doesn’t make sense.” “Will you stop with the questions and just laugh instead?”

    10. When having an illogical argument with someone causes intense frustration and much mental anguish.

    11. When speaking with a feeler, you find the safest ground is to say the exact opposite of what you want to say.

    12. When someone tells you to examine your feelings and you suddenly remember you have those.

    13. When you correct your own grammar, logic, cliched thinking, etc. before someone else has a chance to do so, or even realize that you were in error.

    14. When you find yourself rationalizing an emotion and coming to the consensus that experiencing it is not effective towards your goal. Then you toss it into your subconscious.

    15. You argue for sport. Arguments are fun.

    16. When you talk about your brain like it’s a computer. (It’s shutting down. It’s multitasking. It’s running a bit slow today.

    17. You know you’re a thinker when you read and study posts by F-types simply to try and make some sort of sense out of it all, yet you still don’t understand.


    18. You’re a pro at weighing the pros and cons of any decision.

    19. You have considered at least once, how nice it would be to feel nothing but the urge to have sex, adrenaline rushes and hunger for more resources.

    20. When you think “The Silmarillion” will put you to sleep … and instead you get caught up in the appendices reading the linguistic definitions.

    21. You know your a thinker when you spend more time watching documentaries than any other form of television genre.

    22. When you think Sheldon Cooper does not act strangely at all.

    23. When the simple prospect of “cuddling” overwhelms you.

    24. When you have to consciously translate your internal dialogue into average human language before you speak.

    25. You can treat everything as though it were a game for you to beat.

    26. You can describe your feelings in terms of percentages and scales of 1 to 100.

    27. When you’re more curious about something than scared of it.

    28. When you thoroughly analyse whether you are a thinker or a feeler, quantifying the instances in which you were a thinker and then quantifying the instances in which you were a feeler.


    29. It drives you crazy when your Feeling mother asks you “how are you feeling?” because you have a hard time even identifying your feelings in the first place.

    30. When your coworker gives you a 15-minute monologue on why they can’t make a meeting and you sit there nodding your head and thinking, “who cares? Just tell me you can’t make it and that’s all I need to hear.”

    31. When you’re watching a Sci-Fi show or movie and you realize that it’s awfully convenient for everyone to know English.

    32. All of your relationships seem to end because you aren’t affectionate enough.

    33. When you have to remind yourself that expecting people to act rationally is in and of itself an irrational expectation.

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